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Salmon Protection & Watershed Network

The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is a project of the Turtle Island Restoration Network. Turtle Island and its suite of marine restoration programs work to protect endangered marine species, save critical ecosystems, improve consumer choices, encourage government action and inspire corporate responsibility. 

The SPAWN California Naturalist Training Course will introduce you to the interwoven wonders of the unique ecology and natural history of the Coast Redwood ecosystem and engage you in direct stewardship actions. The 40-hour course will utilize a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips and project based learning to immerse you in the natural world. Expert instructors will uncover strategies to continue conservation of biodiversity in the coast redwood forests, and all, California ecosystems. Upon completing certification requirements, participants are eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis Extension for an additional nominal fee.

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2020 Course Dates: February 11- March 17. Six weeks, Tueday evening classes at the Turtle Island Restoration Network Headquarters in Olema. Six classes will be held on Tuesdays 6:00pm-8:30pm and five Saturday field trips in Marin County from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Course fee: Registration is $425 per person. Students must also purchase a copy of The California Naturalist Handbook. Four UC academic credits available upon completion for an additional fee. Five scholarships will be awarded to members serving disadvantaged communities. Contact Course Coordinator Harry McGrath and hmcgrath@seaturtles.org, 415-663-8590 ext. 5. for more information.

Registration: https://seaturtles.org/campaigns/california-naturalist-course/

Contact: Course Coordinator Harry McGrath and hmcgrath@seaturtles.org, 415-663-8590 ext. 5.


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